Andrew Heaney was throwing strikes today. A lot of good it did him.
Austin Slater struck out. So far so good. Yastrzemski singled. I should get extra pay for typing that guy’s name. (I’m calling him Yazzz after this.) Darin Ruf had what was called a double, but frankly Rengifo should have had that ball all the way. Buster Posey then hit a ground out to score a run. Brandon Belt bunted with two outs to score another run before Flores hit a homerun to score two more. (Andrew Heaney was throwing strikes but not fooling anybody.) Brandon Crawford got a hit to the opposite field before Donovan Solano struck out.
4-0 Giants on 29 pitches by Heaney.
Justin Upton struck out on 4 pitches. Then Shohei Ohtani walked. Taylor Ward hit a fly ball to left field for out #2, Jared Walsh hit a bloop double and Anthony Rendon hit a fly ball to right for an out leaving 2 on base.
Mauricio Dubon homered to make it 5-0. Austin Slater grounded out (after a successful challenge by the Angels to the ruling on the field. Yazzz grounded out into the shift. Ruf struck out. We are now at 5-0 Giants with 43 pitches for Heaney for two innings.
Max Stassi singled to right. Jose Iglesias doubled to right. We are in business, right? Nope. Rengifo was out on a fly ball to shallow center. Fletcher was then out on a fly ball to right. Upton struck out.
Justin Upton was removed from the game with what was later revealed to be back tightness. Juan Lagares went to center field and Taylor Ward was moved to left field. Buster Posey was out on a fluy ball to Rengifo (whew!). Brandon Belt hit one to right center which Lagares barely caught after confusion about whether he should catch or let Rengifo catch it. Wilmer Flores struck out to end the inning mercifully.
Shohei Ohtani struck out. Taylor Ward walked. Jared Walsh struck out. The inning ended on a Rendon fly ball to center. 5-0 Giants.
Brandon Crawford almost homered but it was only a double. Solano struck out. Dubon hit a fly ball to Rengifo for an out. Slater then struck out. Heaney has thrown 69 pitches, of which 50 were strikes.
Max Stassi struck out. Jose Iglesias gounded out. Luis Rengifo singled to first base. Fletcher made out to end the inning.
Yazzz struck out. Ruf struck out. Buster Posey single to center. Andrew Heaney had 84 pitches at this point. He didn’t get pulled, though. Brandon Belt lined out on the first pitch. (Whew!)
David Fletcher grounded out on the first pitch. It was in the zone, but seriously either do something with it or lay off it. Lagares gounded out to second base. Ohtani struck out swinging. Still 5-0 Giants.
Flores lined out. Crawford singled to center. Solano struck out. Dubon singled. Then Slater struck out, mercifully.
Ward struck out. Walsh struck out. Rendon struck out. Oh the ignominy!
Quintana now comes in to pitch for Heaney. Yazzz struck out. Ruf singled to 2nd. Buster Posey struck out swinging and then Brandon Belt also struck out. Yay!
Max Stassi grounded out to first. Iglesiasias hit a fly ball out to right field. Rengifo lined out to center.
I’m not even sure exactly what happened in the Giants half of the eighth,but they didn’t score.
Dominic Leone came in to pitch.
David Fletcher singled to right on the ground. Lagares and Ohtani struck out. Ward hit a flyout.
The Giants failed to score in their half of the ninth.
James Sherfy came in to pitch and the Angels failed to do anything memorable. They lost 5-0.
Photo credit Rex Fregosi
I use to be a fan of J. T. Snow until I had to listen to him in the Giants broadcast booth last night. He didn’t have one nice thing to say about his time in Anaheim.
Don’t blame him. JT was a local kid acquired from the Yanks in the Jim Abbott deal. Halos were sub-500 for 3 of his 4 years in Anaheim. When he got traded to the Giants, his team never finished lower than 2nd and won the division 3 times. Another bad trade by Bavasi (Nolan Ryan being my biggest complaint) trading him to the Giants for squat but the Halos wanted to clear space Erstad.
JT never got enough credit as an Angel 1st baseman while he was here and with the media since his departure. He essentially took over the position after Wally Joyner left and perhaps too much expectations were levied upon him. Dunno. I loved watching him play and field his position. He could pick-it as good as I ever seen. The OC Register had an article listing the best 1st basemen in Angel history and JT was not even listed amongst some others who were: Spiezo, Kotchman, Bochte, Kendry Morales and Bob Oliver. That’s a joke. JT was solid but unspectacular Won 6 gold gloves, best defensive Angel I’ve ever seen and was above average with the bat.
The Giants sure appreciated his abilities.
The Giants are a good team that plays good defense without Rengifos playing out of position.
I am not sure if anbody out there heard Maddon’s explanation for why Rengifo started in RF last night, but that move cost us the game. Or at least that play in the 1st lowered our chances of winning to about 10%.
Has Rengifo EVER played OF in the big leagues? Or even in the minors ? Or in his life? Why the HELL would you put him out there and seriously compromise your defense? He is too short to catch balls that require reach near the wall etc and his throwing arm is too weak…
I am really starting to consider the possibility that there is a behind the scenes power struggle going on between Maddon and perhaps Carpino and other management, and not sure how and if Perry is involved. However, the only logical explanation I could come up with for WHY Joe would put Luis in RF is that it was a passive aggressive gesture in part of a power struggle with the shirts…. I mean, Maddon is not some bumbling doofus…. He is a top manager who helped revolutionize the game. There must be something going on that we are not privy to.
IF a behind the scenes power struggle is real, that would sort of explain the messiness and controversy around the PUJOLS RELEASE. That whole situation seemed awkward and strange. I think we need to start seriously considering this as a possibililty.
Yeah…….It’s the initials AM!
We’re playing catchers and shortstops in the OF because we have a mostly incompetent Baseball Ops Dpt who couldn’t find a seagull at a landfill or a beach.
This is in a small way saying that the season’s over, but at the risk of sounding too negative and “Debbie poop your pants Downer” we got fat at the expense of sweeping the worst team in baseball ( Terry Smith pointed out last night that the AZ D-Backs….are 3-32 in their last 35 games!! ). I used to say back at the old place that we’re not getting better, but rather our opposition got worse. This is isn’t improvement people and TB has lost 6 straight games going into the weekend. This trainwreck can’t be fixed in one offseason and many of you refuse to believe we have the worst farm system in MLB too. AM is the real GM……. 😫 💩
Rengifo’s arm looks pretty good to me ….
I was at that game and got a good view of that throw as I was sitting in the 100 Section behind 3rd base. Let’s just say there is a big difference between making that throw and a throw from the warning track or near it that needs to go to a relay guy or home… There is a reason Luis is a 2B/3B and NOT an outfielder, lol…
Rengifo started in RF on Fathers Day.
Was that his first game ever out there? I don’t recall ever having seen him in the OF… But I am not familiar with his career in minors, so it is possible he got some work in the OF in the lower levels. Last night it did not look like it though !!
Heard on radio pregame today that Rengifo has NEVER playerd RF in the minors. That makes that move even more peculiar.
Eliminate the 1st inning and we still lose from the dubon HR.
Faulty logic. That Rengifo played changed the entire game. Most likely Dubon never hits a HR if Luis makes that catch. I said last night the Giants don’t score in that inning if that ball is caught.
Accepting the losses is easy once expectations are aligned correctly…..
I’m quite shocked after today’s game to see numbers like these.
Seriously this is CLUTCH and makes todays game forgivable and forgetable a little more .
How are we under .500 and Seattle above it? It could be that we are not coming through in the most important situations. Typically those are the first two innings and then late in the game in close games. The stats you showed above don’t explain WHEN the Angels get those hits. If you are leading 8-2 in the 7th and then get a couple hits with RISP those are not clutch and not really important.
IF however you fail with runners on second and third and one out in the 1st or 2nd inning of a game in which your opponent is going for a shutdown inning, that is huge. This comes down to knowing how to win and coming through in the big situations. The Angels have not done that enough this year, whereas the Mariners of all people, have.
This is also bad, lol, because regression to the mean with RISP may be coming.
Glad to have not even “GAMEDAY”ed this one.
Hugely disappointing game which was effectively lost when Rendon was unclutch (again) down 4-0! And a runner at 3B. Get a couple runs that inning and it’s a different ballgame.
Rendon now at -.5 WAR which is pretty awful. Why are the Angels so unlucky with free agents?
I’ve been with this team since ‘61, but eventually I will just have to give up.
I take back all the good feelings I had about this team during the Detroit series. Just kidding, but man, that was not a fun team to watch today. Hoping for the gem from Ohtani tomorrow to split the series. Still think the Giant’s magic will taper second half, just wish we could have been on that ride. I do think they were entirely beatable today, by a major league level team though, not what we had.
Agreed. And the bullpen threw up zeroes as well.